The Western Fair Association has announced that Amy O’Toole has been named the new Manager of Equine Programming, which includes The Raceway’s day-to-day operation and supporting management of the London Classic Yearling Sale.
O’Toole will be rejoining the racetrack where she first began her career in the industry. The home grown native of London, Ont., who comes from a racing family, started at The Raceway as the saddle pad person in her teen years before eventually working into a role as assistant manager of mutuels and most recently as the manager of marketing and communications.
“Our entire team is excited to have Amy accept this new role,” said Greg Blanchard, Director of Equine Programming. “Much of her professional development has come right here and she’s become very well respected along the way. It is a terrific opportunity for her and her experience in almost every facet of the business will make her an asset to our organization and the provincial industry. “
O’Toole will begin her new role on March 6 and is looking forward to her return to racing.
“I have so many memories of my time at Western Fair and am tremendously excited to rejoin the organization,” said O’Toole. “We have a great team and I’m really looking to learning from and collaborating with all of the industry stakeholders in this new role.”
Other Raceway news
The Raceway’s annual awards banquet is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 25 and is being held this year at the Top Of The Fair dining room. A very limited number of tickets are still available and can be purchased in person at the race office on race nights. The awards evening will feature a reception, dinner, awards ceremony and dance to follow.
Local trainer Lindsey Kerr has also organized a silent auction for the evening with a number of tremendous items up for bids which will support a variety of industry charities. Some of the items include Toronto Maple Leaf tickets, racing harness, equine painting, breeding to Dali, computer tablet and more.
The Raceway has added two Monday programs into the upcoming schedule – Monday, Feb. 27 and Monday, March 6. The Camluck Classic is slated for Friday, May 26.
(Western Fair District)